Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of Manitoba and is located at the geographical centre of Canada. Winnipeg is situated near several amazing beaches, including Grand Beach which is a heavenly white-sand destination to enjoy.
Winnipeg is considered the “cultural cradle of Canada” that offers talented artists, momentous architecture, award-winning musicians and athletes, and legendary festivals and cultural events.
- The closest city to Winnipeg with a population of over a million is Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota – 700 kilometres away.
- The coldest temperature ever recorded in Winnipeg was -47.8°C (-54°F) in December 1879.
- Winnipeg is covered in snow 132 days of the year.
- Winnipeg averages 27 thunderstorms per year.
- There is measurable sunshine on an average of 318 days of the year.
- The hottest temperature ever recorded in Winnipeg was 42.2°C (108°F) on July 11, 1936.
- Winnipeg has been called the Windy City but that is incorrect. It is the 12th windiest city in Canada. Hamilton is first.
- Famous people who hail from Winnipeg include Carol Shields, Clara Hughes, Cindy Klassen, Phil Fontaine, Fred Penner, Monte Hall and Izzy Asper.
- Winnipeg’s train station was designed by the same architects who designed New York City’s Union Station.
- Winnipeg was the first city in the world to develop the 911 emergency number.
- The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is Canada’s oldest dance company. It’s also the longest continuously operating ballet company in North America.
- The Winnipeg Art Gallery has the biggest collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world.
- Winnipeg has four major rivers – the Red, Assiniboine, La Salle and Seine. The city is extremely flat and is at risk for major flooding. In April and May of 1997, the biggest flood since 1826 occurred. Although the flood affected Winnipeg it was Grand Forks and East Grand Forks that were most affected.
- The LONGEST skating rink in the world – that freezes naturally is found in Winnipeg – and not in Ottawa as was recently reported in Outside Magazine. The skating takes you along the Red and Assiniboine Rivers over a length of 8.5 kilometres.